1 gallon; 2-3 gallon; 5 gallon
Shear off spent flower heads and old growth
This tough little perennial produces large, bright yellow daisy-like flowers most all year. The blossoms are carried far above the silver-grey foliage on slender stems. Topping out at 12 inches tall and 2' wide, Desert Marigold is ideal for tucking into tight planting spaces. Plant it in full sun, and a well-drained soil. Desert marigold will rot out easily if over-watered. Often used in combination with other native perennials, it is also spectacular in a mass planting. Reseeds readily.
Growing Plants in the Desert — Important Information
The information presented here is, to the best of my knowledge, accurate and based on my research from reliable sources, observations I have made of plants growing in my, and other gardens I have visited, and observations of the plants in their native habitats. I would appreciate your feedback and experience to help me educate others!
Cacti: In my experience, cacti are much happier in the filtered shade here in the low desert of the Coachella Valley. Colors are more vibrant and they bloom more profusely, especially the non-native varieties. If you pay attention to how our native barrel and beavertail opuntia grow in the wild, it is frequently tucked in the rocks under creosote or another shrub.
Light Requirements: I have found that in our desert (Sonoran/Colorado) “full sun” plants can take and appreciate the late afternoon filtered sun, especially in the hot summer months.